Papua Tourism: Looking at Musamus, ‘Ant’s Nest, in Merauke

goodmorningpapua.com – Musamus or better known as the ‘ant nest’ is a natural masterpiece you have to look at when traveling to Merauke Regency, Papua.

In Merauke, there is a savanna that contains many musamus in it. Quoted from Kompas TV, the savanna containing the musamus is located in Salor Indah Village, Semangga District.

It is estimated that there are 1,000 ant nests at this location. To get there, visitors have to drive for about two hours with a distance of 65 km from the center of Merauke City.

Although known as an ant house, musamus is not a nest built by ants, but by an animal similar to termites.

Quoted from Indonesia.go.id, physically musamus is a mound of earth formed from the basic ingredients of dry grass, soil, and the saliva of the termites, the maker.

Musamus has a shape resembling a stalagmite in caves and is formed towering above the ground.

The place which is home to millions of termite colonies has a curved surface texture and reddish brown color.

The place which is home to millions of termite colonies has a curved surface texture and reddish brown color.

Quoted from Indonesia Kaya, musamus provides a meaningful philosophy for the people of Merauke. Like the termites that build the musamus, the people of Merauke work hard without complaining and talking, but the results are visible.

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